Jussie Smollett will not be prosecuted for allegedly faking a racial attack after all charges against him were dropped. Jussie and his lawyers ran to court on Tuesday morning. He was facing 16 felony counts of lying to police in the alleged racial and homophobic attack. He will have to surrender his $10,000 bond, but then the case will be over.
Jussie starred in Empire, a Chicago-based TV show that centres on hip-hop music, a family-owned entertainment business, and the drama of the family as they fight for control. But now it looks like the drama of real life is eclipsing that of the show. Jussie Smollett was axed from Empire.
The decision to drop the case has caused an enormous uproar and sparked conspiracy theories. Read the full story below.
Jussie Smollett was arrested a month ago.Jussie Smollett has been acting since he was just 9 years old. Do any of you remember The Mighty Ducks? Well, he was one of the kids in that. More recently he's garnered fame as the middle child, and openly gay son, of the hip-hop mogul, Lucious Lyon, on the show Empire.
He had been cut from the last two episodes of the season.Jussie might be well loved in the role of Jamal, but his off-screen life has become a mess. He was arrested after he allegedly filed a false police report. At a hearing, he paid $10,000 as a bond and handed over his passport.
Why was Jussie arrested?
Felony criminal charges have been approved by @CookCountySAO against Jussie Smollett for Disorderly Conduct / Filin… https://t.co/mJgXyCUS1K— Anthony Guglielmi (@Anthony Guglielmi)1550710397.0
Why would he do that?Apparently, Jussie was unhappy with his salary. He thought that raising his profile in this way would help him to negotiate a higher salary. Before you go feeling too sorry for him, he was being paid $65,000 per episode. As there were eighteen episodes in a series, that would be $1,170,000 for the season. It's hard to feel too bad for him when he's earned more in his five years at Empire than most of us will in a lifetime.
It wasn't just a one-time offence either.In January, Jussie had sent himself a letter to Fox studios, which contained racial, homophobic and political language. It also contained some white powder, which was later confirmed to be aspirin. Three days before the attack he said that he had received an unidentified phone call in which someone used a homophobic slur against him.
He allegedly had it all planned.On 29 January, two white men allegedly shouted racial and homophobic insults at him. They then punched him, doused him in bleach, and put a noose around his neck. Then they called out 'This is MAGA country.' When he went to see the police, he also had small cuts and bruises on his face, which the police believe were self-inflicted.
He allegedly paid two brothers to attack him.
Jussie Smollett: they beat me and poured gasoline on me and screamed “This is MAGA country” Chicago police : https://t.co/tOWXhySNnX— cafuné kho (@cafuné kho)1550809207.0
How did the police find out that it was a hoax?
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Jussie Smollett: "I just wish that the families of gun violence in t… https://t.co/DVYcIOgSo8— This Week (@This Week)1550855609.0
There is now another twist in the tale as the charges have been dropped.TMZ, the State's Attorney, Kim Foxx, told Chicago police she dropped the case because Jussie would have only gotten community service if convicted. She then went on to say he has already performed community service and therefore no point in prosecuting him. TMZ say they could find no record of Jussie Smollet completing any community service.
Chicago Police are said to be furious with the decision and believe something untoward has happened.According to TMZ, State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office says, "After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case."
Jussie's Empire co-workers are celebrating.
😉 see y’all Wednesday. #empire #empirefox https://t.co/jQUtsHcQBF— Empire Writers (@Empire Writers)1553613612.0